Weekly news roundup: June 13, 2014

Casablanca drug busts largest in years

Moroccan police have seized nearly 30 tonnes of cannabis, locally known as “chira,” in the port city of Casablanca in two separate raids this week. The large-scale operation is being investigated. – Al Arabiya.

 

Kailahun bears the brunt of ebola crisis

The commercial and business centre of Kailahun in the eastern region of Sierra Leone has been hard hit by the ebola outbreak ravaging countries in West Africa, causing national government to announce a state of emergency this week. – Newser.

 

Accra above others in future growth

MasterCard held the Africa Knowledge Forum on Wednesday to release the results of the Africa Cities Growth Index, in which Accra was ranked as the city with the highest inclusive growth potential over the next five years. – SpyGhana.

 

Djibouti under threat of terrorist attack

Somalia’s al-Qaida-linked al-Shabaab insurgents are said to be planning further attacks in the East Africa’s port city of Djibouti, after suicide bombers attacked a crowded restaurant last month. – The Guardian.

 

Kigali sewage problem about to get solved?

Designs for a central sewage treatment plant for the City of Kigali are nearly complete. It is prospected to support a much needed central sewage network to manage the city’s waste. – New Times.

 

Dar es Salaam rapid bus project to spur business

Tanzania is expecting business developments to sprout along Dar es Salaam city’s Rapid Bus Project (DART) corridor due to new investments made along the 20.9km route. – East African Business Week.

 

Kadoma mine accident proves fatal

Seven miners plunged to their deaths and several others were injured on Monday night in the Zimbabwean city southwest of the capital, when the elevator transporting them in a gold mine snapped. – Al Jazeera.

 

Windhoek concerned with illegal structures

The City of Windhoek has raised concerns about the escalating cases of non-compliance with building regulations by property owners during a press briefing yesterday. – The Namibian.

 

Walvis Bay: blaze destroys twenty shacks

The  urgent need for proper housing was again highlighted when 20 shacks were gutted by fire on Tuesday evening in Kuisebmond, Walvis Bay. It was the second fire in the Namibian city in three days. – New Era.

 

Johannesburg‘s ‘bare bum’ service delivery protest

Protesters in the Johannesburg township of Soweto bared their bottoms during a service delivery protest on Wednesday. Police fired rubber bullets to disperse the protesters. – IOL News.

 

Cape Town‘s unusual suspects in crime and gangsterism

Irin News reports on the involvement of women in a long history of gangsterism in the Cape Flats suburbs of Cape Town. – IRIN News.

 

Cape Town to accommodate Lwandle eviction victims

A new housing development project is being planned to accommodate evicted Lwandle families and others from surrounding areas, according to an announcement by the City of Cape Town on Wednesday. – News24.

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